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Old 05-31-2009, 12:25 AM   #1
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Adjustable Track Bar Installation Instructions

Does anybody have a link to some detailed instructions for this?

I have to install it tomorrow.

DW came back today because I changed tires.

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Old 05-31-2009, 01:50 AM   #2
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I am a bit confused. Are you trying to install the tb or you trying to solve DW? Just asking. What kind of track bar you got?

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Old 05-31-2009, 11:37 AM   #3
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need to know what kind of track bar you are putting in
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Rough country.

It goes in the same way a factory one would go in.

I got the passenger side off, but the side with the cotter pin is rusted together. Any trick to get the drive side out?

Previously I had drilled a new hole in the bracket to keep using the OEM TB. But the hole wasn't so straight and I think it is contributing to DW. It's probably not the only factor, but it can't be helping.
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Old 05-31-2009, 12:02 PM   #5
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use a fork, should pop out
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While the trackbar may indeed part of the problem, that the DW returned from changing the tires is a clear indication they were not balanced perfectly.

Basically, on the trackbar, remove the old one. Jump up and down while standing on the front bumper, that will help the axle to self-center itself under the frame. Then after measuring it from the fenders to make sure it is centered well enough, just adjust the length of the new trackbar so its mounting hole lines up with the bracket. Then bolt it in, making sure the passenger-side mounting bolt hole is not wallowed out and the bolt is tight, and you're done.
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Thanks for the info.

I'm at the adjustment step now.

I will try jumping up and down on it

I definitely need another wheel balance after this.
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:20 PM   #8
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Then after measuring it from the fenders to make sure it is centered well enough
What am I measuring from the fenders?

I wasn't sure what you meant by it.
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Oops.

I guess 60 ft lbs is too much torque for this bolt?

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Yep, go get a grade 10.9 bolt (since it is a metric size) which is equivilent to a Grade 8 and do that step again. Tighten the snot out of it.

"It" was the axle but it's most easily measured if you just measure how far out the tires protrude past the fenders. Get those measurements fairly even, it doesn't have to be exact, and the axle will be centered.
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I always like to check a couple different places to make sure the axle is centered. I'll check the fenders and then also check between the shock and the frame to make sure I have everything equi-distant.
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I checked autozone and checker do you know where I can find it?

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I checked autozone and checker do you know where I can find it?

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The bolt? You might try a Napa. They usually have some bolts. Otherwise, find an Ace Tru Value or something of the sort. They will alwayss have nuts and bolts.
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The smaller and older the hardware store, the more likely it is they carry the bolt. The big stores like Home Depot and Lowes have a much smaller assortment of hardened nuts & bolts because they're not fast movers so they would be the last place I'd check. Jack's NAPA suggestion was a good one, I'd probably try them first on a Sunday.
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Got it at Napa. They had weaker ones, but then I found an alternator bolt with the same specs.

Now I need to straighten my steering wheel. Doing a search now...

I also rotated the tires, and now DW is gone. For now at least.
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Loosen the two 15mm nuts on the collar and rotate the right way until it's straight sitting on the ground. Then leave it loose and drive a little bit on the flatest surface you can find. Get out re-check to make sure it's still straight and tighten back up.
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Thanks guys. Steering wheel is straight and nice DW since the changes.

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